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07-25-2011, 04:05 PM
Reed says he knows the 'dirty' way that Steelers' Ward plays

July 25, 2011


Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed hasn't changed his stance on Pittsburgh Steelers rival Hines Ward. Reed concedes that Ward is a talented receiver -- but he also believes he's a dirty one.

"I love Hines as a player, and I told him that," Reed told The Baltimore Sun at his football camp last week. "But I told him also for a long time, 'You’re a dirty player because I know how you play.' "

Ward is infamous for his penchant to blindside defenders with crack-back blocks. Reed has publicly commented about it in the past, as have other players around the NFL.

Reed and Ward are plenty familiar with each other. Ward has been with the Steelers since 1998, while Reed has helped anchor the Ravens' defense since 2002. The AFC North rivals have engaged in numerous showdowns in the regular season and the playoffs, with Reed and Ward tackling each other to the ground on the first play of Pittsburgh's victory in January's AFC Divisional Playoffs.

"Ed and I, we have our battles," Ward said after that game, according to The Sun. "No disrespect to Ed, he probably takes it personal. If Ed takes it personal, so be it."

Shelling out hard hits is part of what it takes to excel at strong safety. Reed, a seven-time All-Pro at the position, acknowledges he certainly has dished out his share, but he believes there's a fine line that shouldn't be crossed.

"I always play the game a certain way, regardless of what guys say," he said. "I've given some shots out there, but even those shots have been to where the guy can get up. I play a position where I know I have kill shots. I can really hurt somebody if I wanted to."

This isn't the first criticism that Ward has received from a Raven this offseason. Earlier this month, Ward was ripped by Baltimore running back Ray Rice after the receiver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

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07-25-2011, 04:36 PM

07-25-2011, 05:43 PM
Ed Reed to Hines Ward: You’re a dirty player

Posted by Josh Alper on July 25, 2011


With heavy indications that Monday will be the day the lockout officially dies, we can finally look forward to football battles being held on the field by men in uniforms instead of by guys wearing suits in the courtroom or conference room.

One of the things we’re looking forward to the most is the resumption of hostilities between the Ravens and Steelers. Their games in recent years — both regular season and playoffs — have been hard fought and entertaining. Off the field, they’ve made sure to cultivate a healthy amount of animosity that has only made the buildup to their games that much more enjoyable.

The lockout did nothing to cool off any bad feelings. Ray Rice and Ryan Clark spent some time stoking the fires in recent weeks and now Ravens safety Ed Reed has joined the fray. Reed isn’t the first to share the opinion that Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward is a dirty player, but he is one of the first to tell the world that he’s said as much directly to Ward.

“I love Hines as a player and I told him that,” Reed said. “But I told him also for a long time, ‘You’re a dirty player because I know how you play.’”

This isn’t the first time Reed has leveled these kinds of accusations in Ward’s direction. In the last regular season game between the teams in December, Reed felt that Ward tried to “cheap-shot” him by blocking him with the crown of his helmet. Ward was not penalized or fined for the play in question.

Reed also said that he tries to play the game in a different way than Ward because he doesn’t try to hurt people. The NFL hasn’t always agreed with Reed’s magnanimous ways, including a $10,000 fine for a hit to Drew Brees’s head late last season.

The lines of this particular debate have been drawn for some time now and there aren’t likely to be many people changing their own opinion about Ward based on Reed’s comments. It is just a little more fodder for the first 2011 meeting of the teams which is, happily enough, scheduled for the first weekend of the season.

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Captain Lemming
07-25-2011, 08:50 PM
Bwaahaaaaaaa. :lol:
The last time reed saw Hines the dude was doing a tango on TV, yet Hines is in HIS HEAD already.

Just envision the terror Reed felt during dancing with the stars. Hines swing his arm out while doing a waltz and Reed instinctively ducks for fear of receiving yet another forearm shiver.

You might be a GREAT free safety, but Hines OWNS YOU Ed Reed.

07-25-2011, 08:50 PM
Defenders don't like it when the rabbit has the gun! They hand it out week in and week out, but a WR gets a few good licks in when he can and all of a sudden it's dirty. Eh, Hines knows how to handle himself.


07-26-2011, 09:01 AM
Two great players on two teams who simply don't like each other. Hell it's great for us fans. Nothing new here.

07-26-2011, 09:22 AM
Hines isn't dirty.... he is savvy.

07-26-2011, 10:44 AM
So DBs come up and hit semi-defenseless WRs, but WRS aren't allowed to do the same thing? BS

BTW, that was a GREAT legal face up hit that knocked Reed the F out. And it was saavy, pretending to be blocking the other DB, then sliding over to face up plant him. He's a lurker for sure. Head be on a swivel or be flying over the fence.

NC Steeler Fan
07-26-2011, 12:21 PM
Hines isn't dirty.... he is sexy.

Fixed that one for ya! :D

(And, no it's not a reflection on you Felt! :wink: )

Yeah, uh-huh...it's finally football time and the 'ol lady is baaack!! :Boobs

Gawd, can somebody smash somebody sometime soon? That was the
worst five months in football history in a lonnnnng time. I sure hope the
games don't suffer too much...I just can't see 100% quality football with no
mini-camps and time for vets and rooks alike to 'gel' together in the off
season team work outs.

07-26-2011, 02:44 PM
We should line up Harrison at FB when we play the Ravens so he can hit some of these pansy Ravens too. Ed would be no where near the box with Harrison in the game. And ray ray wouldn't be jumping on any piles.